#BeingBuddy: Writing Journey Update – Outlining

This has been a very good week for me.

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I’ve been making a very loose outline of what I want my first book to include and exclude. Part of how I’ve done it is that I made a long list of things that I tend to like and dislike in stories.

skeletonFrom there, I took the things I liked most and then made another list that was kind of a skeletal outline for a story. It didn’t go into creating detailed characters or a detailed plot, but it gave me an idea of what I wanted my own story to look like and it gave me a structure to build the story around.

For an example of what I mean, let’s pretend that I made a list of things that I liked and it would later result in the story of the first Star Wars movie. However, my loose outline is so loose that it first looks something like this:

– Main character (MC) is young and naive, yet is a likeable underdog.

–  MC strongly desires to have big adventures, but is stuck in a life that he feels is holding him back.

–  A tragedy occurs and it instantly changes his life, forcing him to face big challenges.

– With the new challenges come new friends, romance, and an evil enemy.

– He overcomes the challenges, defeats the enemy, and becomes the hero that he always wanted to be.

Very vague, right? But something like this could turn into Star Wars. Actually, the above “bones” of my skeletal outline add up to the basic structure for a lot of different movies and books.

The trick, of course, is in filling in those blanks with great characters, settings, a detailed plot, etc. But that comes later.

So, I came up with my own skeletal outline and then let it sit for awhile. As more ideas (bones) came to me, I added them to the outline (skeleton.) Then it wasn’t long before I started getting more detailed visions about who the characters would be and what exactly the plot would be.

I was able to fill in the blanks. Now I know where I’m headed next with this story and I’m very excited about writing it.

So, what is it going to be about?  Well, I’ve decided to currently keep that a secret. I’m not even going to say which genre the story is. My work in process will be totally Top Secret for a little while.


Ooh, my wife just came up with a great idea. She suggested that until I’m ready to share exactly what my book is, I could refer to it as my #TopSecretWIP.

Oh, yeah. I like that a lot.

So, I am off now to listen to some music and get back to work on my novel. I’ll be back soon and will continue sharing how it’s going with my #TopSecretWIP.

If you’re writing, then I wish you Happy Writing. If you’re not writing…well, be happy doing whatever you’re doing.

See you around…





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